Texarkana Dance Academy
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835 Redwater Road
Wake Village, TX 75501
(903) 838-7114
texarkanadanceacademy@gmail.com

Our Faculty

Our incredible faculty is like none other in town. Each instructor is experienced and enthusiasic, bringing a Christian background, love for children, and a passion for teaching. Our teachers strive to be a role models and to provide each child with an inspirational experience.

 

 

 

RACHEL NORMAN
Owner/Artistic Director

Rachel Norman is excited to announce her ownership of Texarkana Dance Academy. 


From a young age, Rachel knew her calling in life was to inspire children to grow as individuals through the art of dance. She grew up dancing in Durant, Oklahoma under the direction of many talented and inspiring instructors. In high school, Rachel was a member of the Durant High School Sparklers and held the office of Captain for a year. 

Rachel pursued her love of dance in college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She was a founding member of the Sparks Dance Company and held the office of Captain for two years. While in college she participated in many productions including the role of Dream Laurie in Oklahoma!. She graduated from Southeastern with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Management and Promotions with a Minor in dance. 

Rachel’s teaching career spans over a decade. She began teaching dance in 2005 at her home studio, Trinity School of Dance. She has also taught for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival’s After School Program. Upon moving to Texarkana, she began teaching at Texarkana Dance Academy. As an instructor, Rachel believes dance can teach more than technique.
“Being a dance teacher is more than teaching the technique of dance. My goal is to instill self-confidence and life knowledge in each of my dancers.
I want them to leave my studio as young women who are healthy, strong, and love themselves.”

As a lifelong learner, Rachel has traveled to multiple locations to further her dance education. She recently traveled to New York City to study under the nation’s leading instructors and choreographers. Some of her notable instructors include Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper, Anthony Morigerato, and Al Blackstone. She has also traveled to Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Austin to further her training. 

Rachel holds a Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and has been a special education teacher for the past five years. 

She would like to thank Traci and Michael Walker for the opportunity to pursue her dream job as a dance studio owner. Without their support, this dream would not have been possible. 

Rachel is thankful to her loving, supportive family and her boyfriend Jason Boston for their endless encouragement to pursue her dreams.

Rachel is thankful for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing her with this incredible opportunity to inspire and make an impact on so many young children in her community. 

“Let them praise his name with dancing.”
Psalm 149:3

 

 

 

   
 

LACIE FURLOW
Dance Instructor

Lacie Furlow is ecstatic to be teaching at Texarkana Dance Academy. She began her dance career at four years old here in Texarkana, and has remained local the last 23 years growing in her passion. She has worked with many companies and feels she has truly found her dance home with us.

Performing on stage for Mistletoe Fair, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, competitions, and recitals; she feels well rounded in all genres and is excited to pass along her knowledge and passion for performing. She loves watching her students grow over the season and seeing them get that twinkle in their eye when they hit a new move just right. She spent her teen years assisting, and after a two year break, this will be her 6th year teaching. She is excited about getting back to her roots.

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

AUBREY MAYNARD
Dance Instructor

Aubrey Maynard is a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School and currently works as a dental assistant for Smiles of Arkansas. Aubrey has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has performed in several productions of the Nutcracker, danced on a competitive dance team, and began as an assistant dance teacher at the age of 12. Aubrey was a 4 year member of the Pleasant Grove Showstoppers where she earned the Pizzazz award and held the office of Lieutenant. She loves spending time with her boyfriend Hunter and puppy Francie.

  

 

   
   
"I dance for Him, because He died for me"
Traci Walker - TDA Founder & Director
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TEXARKANA DANCE ACADEMY
835 Redwater Road | Wake Village, TX 75501 | (903) 838-7114 | texarkanadanceacademy@gmail.com